The Cleveland Browns have suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller.
“Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended indefinitely by the team effective immediately,” Browns spokesman Dan Murphy said in an email to reporters. “Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously. We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters.”
According to FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Moeller's suspension “comes in light of an investigation into a possible assault.”
ESPN’s Pat McManamon also reports that Moeller is the subject of an assault investigation. The alleged victim was a female guest of Moeller’s at his home in Berea, Ohio. The woman “called Berea police over the weekend, alleging Moeller had assaulted her,” McManamon reports. The woman was unsure whether she would press charges, but a city prosecutor will still decide whether to bring charges, based on a police report, McManamon adds.
The woman in question is Moeller’s girlfriend, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. “Because the alleged assault was not with a live-in partner or spouse, it is classified as assault and not domestic assault,” McManamon explains.
Moeller joined the Browns as offensive line coach last year. From 2008–13, Moeller worked with the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman.
The NFL suspended Moeller for two games in September of 2011 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension stemmed from a Moeller being found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol. In a four-year stretch through 2011, Moeller had three alcohol-related arrests.
The Browns open the upcoming season on Sept. 13 against the New York Jets.
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